I love this gazebo! I did alot of research before finally deciding on this one. It was the perfect size for my purposes. I was a little apprehensive when I read some of the reviews and the instructions that said you needed 4-5 people to construct it. It doesn't. My husband and I were able to do it no problem in about 5 hours (including a water break or two). There was one review by a 53 year old lady that said she put it together by herself... it can be done, but I wouldn't recommend it. Depending on your preference, the instructions are either easy to understand or difficult. What I mean is I do better following diagram instructions where my husband is a better follower of written instructions. The written instructions weren't very clear to me - my husband on the other hand had no problem. The opposite was true with the diagrams - no prob for me, but hopeless for him. All the pieces were properly marked and the hardware was packaged great. They even package extra pieces in a separate section - only prob there was we were short a few washers that weren't one of the extra one's included. I give this gazebo 4 out of 5 stars because of the shelf design. You can't really tell on the pictures but the shelf sits half in/half out of the "wall" when it is folded out. This wouldn't be a problem except you can't close the screens this way. (The shelf has to be down for the screens to come together to close.) I would have rather the design have been where the shelf was completely on the inside of the gazebo so when I put food or drinks on it, I can have the screen closed to keep the bugs out. Where it is true this isn't a "permanent" structure, some of the other reviews go on and on about how "disappointed" they are that it isn't. Look, this might not be one of those "pop up" tents, but it isn't made to be tornado or hurricane resistant. However, depending on where in your yard you are planning on putting it, it should do fine. I don't think it needs to, nor am I planning on, taking it down every time the weatherman predicts a storm. As a matter of fact, we've already had a few complete with thunder, lightening, and, yes, wind. The thing isn't even staked down yet, and it came through with flying colors. However, with that said, we have it in a fairly protected area (bank of trees behind it and down in a slight valley). So with the time it takes to get this thing up in the first place, it's up to stay. Best advise is pay attention to your own area's weather habits and understand, that if it gets bad enough, even staking it to the ground isn't going to keep it up. All in all, this is a beautiful gazebo, I think a great price, and I'm very happy with the purchase.
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